Waratahs v Queensland Reds Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Sydney based Waratahs and the Brisbane based Reds both teams have won three matches each.

Overall the Waratahs have played the Reds 24 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 10 matches, drawn one and lost 13.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 42% of their matches against the Reds and the average score when the teams meet is Waratahs 20 Reds 19.

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is home for the Waratahs and where the teams have met 11 times.

In those 11 matches the Waratahs have won 5 matches and lost 6. That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 46% of their home matches against the Reds.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Reds at home is : Waratahs 21 Reds 18.

The Waratahs have won the last three matches between the teams including the last match between the teams played in Sydney.

The Waratahs are the current champions and they are in second place after 15 matches. The Waratahs have won 10 of their 15 matches and at home they have played 7 and won five.

The Waratahs have qualified for play off and if they can hold on to second place by staying ahead of the Brumbies they will get a week off and host a Semi-final.

The Reds are out of contention for the play offs and they are in 12th place overall. The Reds have played 15 matches and they have won four matches. Away from home the Reds have played seven matches and won 2.

In terms of selection the Reds have made one change from the side that played last week as Chris Kuridrani returns to the match-day 23 for his first game of Super Rugby in three weeks, taking the place of winger Chris Feauai-Sautia.

The Waratahs have named Wallabies duo Will Skelton and Tatafu Polota-Nau in their starting line up. Skelton returns form suspension and Polota-Nau from concussion.

Of the six teams who have qualified for the play offs the Waratahs have the benefit of playing the lowest ranked opposition this week which makes them the favourite to secure a bonus point victory this week.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 13 point start for this Match – with an offer of a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $200. The Waratahs have a huge incentive to beat the Reds with a bonus point. By doing this and staying ahead of the Brumbies they can secure a home Semi-final and a week off. The Waratahs should win this by more than 7 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Waratahs 20 Reds 19

Last six results
07 Mar 2015 Waratahs v Reds 23-5 Brisbane
12 Jul 2014 Waratahs v Reds 34-3 Brisbane
01 Mar 2014 Waratahs v Reds 32-5 Sydney
13 Jul 2013 Waratahs v Reds 12-14 Sydney
23 Feb 2013 Waratahs v Reds 17-25 Brisbane
14 Jul 2012 Waratahs v Reds 16-32 Brisbane

Waratahs overall record against the Reds
Played 24 , Wins 10 , Losses 13, Draws 1

Match No.118: Waratahs v Reds
Date : Saturday 13 June 2015
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 19:40 local, 21:40 NZST, 11:40 SAST
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Matt O’Brien
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Matt Carraro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (c), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.

Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Dean Mumm, 21 Stephen Hoiles, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Peter Betham.

Queensland Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. James Hanson , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons (VC) , 5. James Horwill , 6. Adam Thomson , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Lachie Turner , 12. Samu Kerevi , 13. Karmichael Hunt , 14. Chris Kuridrani , 15. James O’Connor

Extended Replacements bench (two players to be omitted) , Saia Fainga’a , Pettowa Paraka , Sam Talakai , Ed O’Donoghue , Beau Robinson , Hendrik Tui , Nick Frisby , Jake McIntyre , Ben Tapuai , Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

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